Wagner: His Life & Music

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Sourcebooks MediaFusion and Naxos proudly present this fascinating biography of composer Richard Wagner. Acclaimed music writer Stephen Johnson follows Wagner's development as man and composer, and sets out the experiences-the personal joys and sorrows as well as the broader cultural forces-that formed him and made him one of the most widely loved composers in classical music.

Wagner was an innovator both in harmony and in the structure of his operas, frequently applying themes ...

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Overview

Sourcebooks MediaFusion and Naxos proudly present this fascinating biography of composer Richard Wagner. Acclaimed music writer Stephen Johnson follows Wagner's development as man and composer, and sets out the experiences-the personal joys and sorrows as well as the broader cultural forces-that formed him and made him one of the most widely loved composers in classical music.

Wagner was an innovator both in harmony and in the structure of his operas, frequently applying themes or melodies to a particular character or event. He created his own version of the "Gesamtkunstwerk," compositions in which the arts were brought together into a single unity.

Included are two CDs of carefully chosen Wagner pieces.

Readers also gain access to an exclusive website that offers new essays, the musical works in full and more. This revolutionary biography utilizes traditional and new media to provide a uniquely rounded portrait of the composer and his music.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402210006
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Series: Naxos Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Johnson writes regularly for The Independent and The Guardian and was chief music critic of The Scotsman. He is a regular presenter for Radio 3's Discovering Music. In 2003, Johnson was voted Amazon.com Classical Music Writer of the Year. He lives in Great Britain.
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Table of Contents

Website On CD One On CD Two Preface

The Life Chapter 1: A Child of His Time Chapter 2: The Road to Paris Chapter 3: Triumph and Disaster Chapter 4: Exile Chapter 5: 'A Light Must Show Itself'
Chapter 6: 'A Safe Stronghold'

The Music Prelude

The Operas Der fliegende Holländer Tannhäuser Lohengrin

From Opera to Music Drama Der Ring des Nibelungen Tristan und Isolde Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Parsifal

Personalities Selected Bibliography Glossary Annotations of CD Tracks Index Author's Acknowledgments

Stephen Johnson writes regularly for The Independent and The Guardian and was chief music critic of The Scotsman. He is a regular presenter for Radio 3's Discovering Music. In 2003, Johnson was voted Amazon.com Classical Music Writer of the Year. He lives in Great Britain.

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